Heavily praised in the indie press and an instant college radio favorite, the debut four song EP from Brooklyn's NEW ELECTRIC finds members of seminal New York punk/hardcore group DE LA HOYA and current indie sweethearts NAKATOMI PLAZA covering their tracks and exploring new territories of ethereal and epic instrumental rock, often tainted with hints of psychedelic and prog influences. New Electric's self-titled debut was recorded in October 2004 by engineer Josh Clark at the Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, NY, home to past recordings by BLACK DICE, RADIO 4, Kele Okereke of BLOC PARTY, and THE BROUGHT LOW among many others. Mastering was handled by the mighty Alan Douches at West Westside (MASTADON, TED LEO, LIARS, etc). For fans of dynamic and innovative instrumental music ala MOGWAI, FROM MONUMENT TO MASSES, PELICAN, and EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY and the straight-up relentless energy of ZEPPLIN, DON CABELLERO, FUGAZI, JESUS LIZARD, etc. Praise for NEW ELECTRIC's s/t CDEP: 'Punk is the new prog on this four-cut collection of crash-and-squall math-rock instrumentals. 'Surf' tears into the Tornadoes/Duane Eddy playbook, while the howling 'Circus' builds from a thin, jerky start into an echo-drenched, wide-open soundscape. Busy but never muddled, this is as impressive a debut as a thinker's band could want: cleanly recorded, precisely executed and a hell of a lot of noisy, brainy fun.' - MAGNET 'New Electric = Red Sparrows + Sonic Youth + Broken Social Scene - vocals. If you're going to play instumental guitar-rock and let that be the entire bulk of your music, then this is how you do it. The record is everything I love about guitars, distortion, and electricity. New Electric are perhaps the most appropriately-named band of all time. There are no pretentious intros that take eight minutes to skip through before they actually start playing; these guys just come right in and go from one place to the next. How can a band play a beautiful sonic piece with crashing symbols and whirling fuzzy guitars, creating lightning in the air, while one of the guitarists pulls off a twanged-out country solo and it's so pretty you choke up a little? I have no f***ing idea, but these guys do it on the song 'Circus'. This is the most tasteful and brilliant album I've heard from a band with every right to be over-the-top, epic-music geeks. I suggest buying this to anyone. It has the noise of Dinosaur Jr., the groove of Fugazi, and the balls of Zeppelin. Beautiful stuff!' - SLUG MAG 'Four songs grace this twenty-minute EP, spanning the gap between the post rock Mogwai laid down on Young Team and the guitar rock bands like Navies are bringing back. It's full of energy and (something almost completely lacking from the genre thus far) fun. They?re head bobbing tracks that have strong melodic hooks and real emotion behind them. Basically, look at it this way. At their shows, instead of everyone holding fast to the typical post-rock-show-stance (ie head down, hands either in pockets or folded across chest, slight rocking back and forth much like a drunk/mad person), people would be jumping around pumping fists in the air and smiling. Besides the entire EP being a kick ass ride, the closing track, 'Circus Metal', is really close to being considered my jam for the summer. It busts in with a dark, sinister off-time riff (hello, Jesus Lizard) and barrels through until the wheels come off and it crashes into a foggy corner of lingering feedback and broken melodies. I?m telling you, it's this close to earning that title straight away (although I couldn't tell you what other tracks it was competing against). So here it is, the debut EP. I love it, now get me a full length before I wear this CD out.' - INDIEWORKSHOP.com 'These guys are smart, exceedingly talented, and, what sets them apart, not at all flashy. They have the technical skills to out-rock the majority of rock outfits out there. And they've sure as hell read more than a few books on music. But they won't take a chunk out of their song to let their guitarists do some Page-rivaling, sickeningly cocky solo. They could be making jazz compositions or scoring films or doing something really sophisticated, but instead they're unleashing their skills through no-holds-barred rock and I couldn?t be happier about it. And damn, if these guys never go back to jazz, they might be the best thing to happen to instrumental-indie since Explosions in the Sky. Oh yes, I said it.' - DELUSIONS OF ADAQUECY 'Instrumental gold, indeed. The New Electric's jazz background, coupled with the band's love for heavier music a la Led Zeppelin and Fugazi, makes this music schooled quartet's eponymous release one of the most engaging four-song releases without vocals heard to date. Encompassing the melody of classic rock n roll with the mind blowing virtuosity of guys that have spent years in their bedrooms practicing, songs like the elegant and enchanting 'Don't Send Me Home' and the manic 'Circus Metal' will have you pumping your fists in a righteous rock rage while shaking your head in wonderment as to how these guys can make something sound so complex and rock so damn hard.' - EARCANDYMAG.com.
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